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customers. during that time president obama explained, and eventually apologized. the white house claiming healthcare.gov handled 1 million visitors without major issues, the president is launching a massive three-week-long blitz to entice americans back to the website to sign up for insurance policies. >> the bottom line is this law is working and will work into the future. people want the financial stability of health insurance and we're going to keep on working to fix whatever problems come up. >> and so it begins. and this will last until december 23rd, the deadline for people to enroll if they want plans beginning on january 1st. each day the white house says they will plug different benefits that you can get through obama care with help from democrats and progressive action groups. even though we've heard more insurance pitches from the president in the last few months than buill murray endured in "groundhog day." >> just visit healthcare.gov. >> funny you should mention your health because -- >> deal is good. the prices are low. >> i sell insurance. >> what a shock. >> they're leavi
you his remarks live. president obama to speak from the white house in just a few moments. let's bring in nbc's andrea mitchell. such a full life led by nelson mandela. if you could speak about the escalating international pressure to release him back in 1990, what was that like? this must have been a real global effort. >> it was indeed. it began before that. during the reagan years, initially president reagan is very much against apartheid and he was led to the position finally of opposing apartheid by george schultz. a rising star and a strong presence on foreign policy than a senator from indiana. there was a global push for this from faith leaders and from anti-segregationists here in this country. we heard just now the secretary general of the united nations that no one has done more. no one in our era and generation has done more to fight discrimination than the moral leadership and example of this man who suffered for 27 years yet came out of prison with his wife winnie at his side and she has been imprisoned for 18 months at that time. in the anc, they came out of prison and m
close and icy. alina, thanks very much. the white house had said president obama had never met with an uncle caught up in a deportation case, but it turns out the president did meet briefly with an uncle, lived with imhad when he was a young kid. find out how the press secretary at the white house is explaining this apparent contradiction. brian todd is standing by. stick with innovation. stick with power. stick with technology. get the new flexcare platinum from philips sonicare and save now. philips sonicare. #%tia[ life with crohn's disease ois a daily game of "what if's". what if my abdominal pain and cramps come back? what if the plane gets delayed? what if i can't hide my symptoms? what if? but what if the most important question is the one you're not asking? what if the underlying cause of your symptoms is damaging inflammation? for help getting the answers you need, talk to your doctor and visit crohnsandcolitisinfo.com to get your complimentary q&a book, with information from experts on your condition. the day building a play set begins with a surprise twinge of back p
the new york stock exchange. >>> let's head to the white house now because this is good news for the obama administration, it comes on the heels of all the bad news about obama care. brianna keilar is at the white house this morning. good morning, brianna. >> reporter: good morning to you, carol. this is positive news for the obama administration. we don't have official reaction yet, that normally comes later generally in this hour so we'll be looking to are that but i think the read -- we've been through so many reports i think we have a sense of what the reaction will be, this say positive trend, still more work to do and you said carol, this allows president obama to focus on the economy, something he already tried to do this week in an address where he outlined new economic initiatives like the minimum wage, like increasing investments and infrastructure and education, so this gives him a little fuel to do that as the rollout to obama care has been so rocky. this is certainly something the white house is welcoming here. >> we'll check back. brianna keilar live at the white house this m
killing. white house reversal. officials come clean about president obama an his illegal immigrant uncle after denying they ever met. now a different story is emerging. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." >>> just over 24 hours since the world first learned of nelson mandela's death in in south africa, emotions have been pouring out around the clock. this was the scene tonight, and it continues, even though it's now past 1:00 a.m. it's a similar scene in the township of so wetto where mandela lived until he was locked away for almost three decades. cnn's errol burnett is there for us. what is the mood right now? >> reporter: well, wolf, just take a look behind me and listen. the mood here continuing to be a jovial one as it has been all day, as south african comes to the former home of nelson mandela, where he lived during apartheid. and they're now singing songs of thanks and appreciation. this has been happening all day, this day one of south africa ace ten days of mourning for the passing of the late president. so wetto where i am now, will play a significant role in a f
that translates as father. major garrett at the white house tells us this evening mr. obama plans to attend the state funeral in south africa. that is likely to be in about ten days. nelson mandela will be remembered as a man who emerged from a tiny village to become a defining figure of our time. he was born on july 18th, 1918 in a village called umvezo. his mother named him holy sashava meaning troublemaker, but later a teacher renamed him nelson. he moved to johannesburg at 23, he became one of the nation's first black lawyers and joined the opposition african national congress in the early 1940s, devoting himself then to peacefully ending apartheid. then in 1960, 69 peaceful black demonstrators were killed by white south african police in the infamous sharpeville massacre. mandela came to believe that the mandela came to believe that the only recourse then was violence. >> there are many people who feel that it is useless and futile for us to continue talking peace and nonviolence against a government whose reply is only savage attacks. on an unarmed and defenseless people. >> pelley: h
nominees, repeated house bills design to repeal obama care. so much. we saw so much bitterness. so much anger and at the end of the day, there is just nothing to hold on to. it is like sand. >> lz makes a really excellent point that voters voted for divided government in 2010 and that was to throw on the brakes, slam on the brakes after congress they felt overreaching with tactics of obama care. if you want to poison the well, obama care is a big one. huge bill that nancy pelosi then speaker of the house said you have to pass it before you could know what was in it. passed at 11th hour during holidays with procedural vote straight line party vote. and i think that's done a lot to divide republicans and democrats from working together. so let's talk about friday's job, also a big one. more than 200,000 jobs added. unemployment fell to 7%. and but many financial economists or financial folks including new york times pointing out that unemployment rate went down because a lot more people simply decided to stop looking for work aep the word of the "new york times" for every person who found
republican majority in the house? >> well, currently the boulder is a big challenge. but obama mentioned he's been president five years. let's remember the first two years he had a democratic house to assist him and he still couldn't get some of the sitting initiatives such as immigration reform. it would have been a lot easier in a democratic house. >> he did get health care. >> yes. with no republican votes. but, alex, i think the point that he said it's interesting, suspect it? he's humbler. i found that interesting. in order to be humble, the opposite had to be true. i think that was an interesting observation. >> they come in idealistic and hopeful. let's face it, they do get beaten down by what they face. what other challenges does the president face in trying to push the boulder up the hill. >> one of the biggest challenges is restoring trust between the blighted healthcare roll out and the spying. there's a lack of trust in this administration. he spoke very clearly people need to feel like they can trust their government. that will be a challenge the next couple years. the last cou
is the study behind this. they looked at obama's white house calendar. they took a look at all the dates and where he was, who he met with, as steve just said there was no one on one meeting. a representative from the accountability office had this to say on hannity. >> you can look at any president -- george w. bush, richard nixon, ronald reagan, bill clinton -- you look at their calendar and you can see what's important to them. even if you don't know anything about what was going on at that time, look at that calendar and you'll see what their priorities are. in the case of president obama, if you look at his calendar, there is no evidence whatsoever that is focused or has much interest in health care at all. >> they say that -- they went on to say they have a list of all their meetings. 277 private meetings with 16 other cabinet members. 277 with 16 other cabinetmakers -- cabinetmakers, they pretty much make their own cabinets in the white house. so that just shows a lack of focus, a lack of interest. it remind me of the fact that i remember when james woolsey was the director of the
is the head spokesman for the pentagon under, you know, president obama's pentagon, has become the chief washington spokesman for bp. >> former white house correspondent for abc news. >> abc news. he followed bob gates to the pentagon first with president bush then with president obama. sort of a classic revolving door figure, geoff is. but no, so -- that was -- i mean, it's a classic two step. i mean, i also think bp has done very, very well rehabilitating itself. i mean, thanks largely to flooding the media with all kinds of goodies and a lot of advertising money. and we're supposed to feel good about bp again. >> narrator: two years ago, the people of bp made a commitment to the gulf and every day since we've worked hard to keep it. bp has paid over twenty three billion dollars to help people and businesses who were affected, and to cover cleanup costs. today the beaches and gulf are open for everyone to enjoy. >> and what's the moral that you -- we draw from that story? about this town? >> about this town, is -- well, first of all, when there's a problem, there is a lot of money to b
-an-hour curve. >>> president obama observed world aids day today at the white house. he announced $100 million would go toward a new research initiative to combat hiv. >>> vice president joe biden is in japan as part of a week-long asia trip. he'll also travel to china for talks over disputed air space. back to "hardball." >>> i've got to tell you, if it was not already invented, i would say this congress invented the word "do nothing congress." >> but considering what republicans in congress want to do, it is a great blessing that congress has done next to nothing. >> we all know that president harry truman dubbed the 80th congress as the do nothing congress. yet the doing in congress in 1948 has nothing on this one. >> unfortunately, republicans talk work for everyone else, but when it comes to doing the work here in congress, well, they don't quite measure up to it. >> welcome back to "hardball." do nothing is about right when it comes to the track record of this congress. it's not yet the least productive year in history, but close to it. to give you some historical context. when newt ging
are as well. >> that was president obama pitching obama care at the white house youth summit yesterday. here with us now from policy mike ceo and found er. policy mike is inviting young people to share ideas for what their generation and white house can do to make the affordable care ac. what does president obama have to say to young americans tonight to make them change their minds and it's worth signing up for health insurance? >> i think the key point is they haven't made up their mind yet because they are not educated enough on what the law means for them, how it will impact them in the short term and long term. the most important thing president obama can do is start a conversation, start a discussion which is really what he's set out to do and so this open mike conversation the white house will be responding to the most voted on submissions from young people all across the country. so i think president obama is very committed to starting a conversation that will hopefully get our generation educated on the details which are critical about this law. >> you know, jake, before -- you know
white house event today. it's the second-straight day he will be talking about obama care. as karen travers tells us, that's by design. >> reporter: president obama highlighted the progress at healthcare.gov. but once again, he reminded americans that the health care law is not just a website. and he had a strong message for republicans. he said the health care law is here to stay. >> my main message today is we're not going back. after just the first month, despite all of the problems in the rollout, about 500,000 people across the country are poised to gain health care coverage threw marketplaces and medicaid beginning on january 1st. >> reporter: but the white house says the problems are almost fixed. over the next three weeks they'll make a big push to get people enrolled so they have health insurance by january 1st. john and diana? >> karen, thank you. >>> bill clinton is clarifying recent comments about health care. president clinton recently said that mr. obama should keep his word and allow people to keep their current plans. he told cnn yesterday he was trying to be support
savage, cnn, atlanta. >>> now to your health and obama care. the white house is making a big push to promote the health care law. >> the president of the united states, barack obama u. >> reporter: it felt like a campaign event. because president obama is in a race he just might lose, the race to rescue obama care from its disastrous rollout. >> today, the website is working well for the vast majority of users. >> reporter: surrounded by supporters, the president conceded that the rollout has clouded projections. >> every day i check to make sure that it's working better. and, you know, we've learned not to make wild promises about how perfectly smooth it's going to be at all times. >> reporter: and he issued a warning. >> we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> reporter: that was aimed at republicans who say that the president's rebranding effort is too little too late. >> we know that obama quare is still plagued with problems. and every american deserves relief from it. >> reporter: but more americans are signing up, like cnn "i-report"er mike meekens. a small busin
that have clearly affected the dynamic of how obama deals with his top advisers in the white house and out. believe that she became known to some in the cabinet as eric's appeals court, because when there were issues of dispute between holder and the staff at times, he was appealing either directly to obama over dinner or some other social occasion or going to valerie. who is the president closest to today, john harris? guest: i would have to speculate that in terms of the intersection between his political and personal life, it is valerie jarrett, who we were just talking about. i do not know that she is the most influential and policy, that we do clearly have ever been's that she is. i am struck by what i read in "politico," elsewhere, about the rising influence of denis mcdonough. he is clearly someone who the president has a personal affinity with. that denisis notable mcdonough's skill has risen as a stack -- staff person. not someone who necessarily had a background as a principal in the way that obama had with rahm emanuel, or even bill daley, obama seems comfortable with people who
by to hear from president obama. he will be walking into the briefing room over at the white house, going to the microphone and speaking about a man he so deeply, deeply admired over so many years, president of the united states will pay official respects to nelson mandela and what he did. christiane amanpour is watching the reaction pouring in. we shouldn't be surprised, 95 years old, christiane, we were all bracing for this day. it has now happened. >> reporter: yes, i think people were dreading this day. people obviously were bracing for it. you know, we had a terrible scare about his life and his health back in march. people thought that he was, you know, had departed or was close to departing back then. luckily, he didn't. he has obviously been very well looked after and his last days and months have been surrounded by his family but there was a very big scare and everybody is dreading it because you know, who next, who next, who matches this kind of leadership, this kind of courage. this kind of transformation of a man and a politician who started as a lawyer, who was a boxer, even,
of battling negative headlines white house is looking to turn the page on obama care. today the president kicks off a new three week campaign to refocus the public's attention on the positive aspects of the health care law. what does that entail? >> this is what democrats wanted for two years. they say every day between now and december 23rd they will do some event to talk about each day one different good part of the health care law in their view. the idea is they got to do something about this sinking poll numbers for health care reform. they got to recalibrate the debate gaven they went through the worst possible coverage of the roll out. the question is, can that work. if the site does work. if people does start to get health care coverage you'll get a different debate. the question is how much damage was done and is this thing fixed? you guys had a good conversation yesterday on the show yes the front end fixed but is the back end fixed in a way to lead people getting coverage that they can trust that insurance companies know what benefits they are getting as far as subsidy from the
sanctions. there really is a sense here at the white house at least that that could undermine this effort to get a deal done with iran. i also think president obama aiming his arguments at the israeli audience. a lot of skeptics there. >> yeah. >> reporter: 77% of israelis are skeptical of this deal, opposed to the deal. prime minister netanyahu called it historic mistake. so i think the president really trying to push back against some of that rhetoric, as well, because, of course, it is quite different here in the u.s. looking at the polls actually you see that fair amount of americans do support this deal and they don't want to see this head in a military direction. >> right. very briefly, in a little bit of time left, we learned over the weekend that the president will mrs. obama will be traveling to south africa as part of the weeklong celebration as i understand it. tuesday's the day for heads of state. >> reporter: we're still waiting to get more details from the white house but you're absolutely right. president obama will travel to south africa along with former president george
: as the white house spends the next three weeks trying to convince americans there's more to obama care than the fumbled rollout, a powerful ally talked to cnn espanol. >> i don't think you can find anybody harder that went out of his way to explain the bill more than i did. >> reporter: he's smoothing over tension lingering from this. >> the president should honor the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got. >> reporter: when he publicly urged obama last month to keep his promise about his health care law. for clinton, the issue hits close to home. >> i have a lot at stake here personally for the work i've done for health care and the work i tried to support. and hillary does, too. we've been working on this health care thing for 20 years. >> reporter: president obama will be speaking at a youth summit on the affordable care act. chris, as you know, young people are key to this. they're si their signing up, is going to offset, that's the plan anyway, older americans who are more costly to care for. >> absolutely. brianna keilar at the white house this morning
of my boys can have the opportunity to do a lot more things. >> reporter: president obama, attending a hanukkah reception last night at the white house, remembered mandela as a champion of human rights. >> a moral giant who embodied the dignity and the courage and hope. and sought to bring about justice, not only in south africa, but i think inspire millions around the world. >> reporter: those millions, moved by mandela's long walk to freedom. imprisoned for 27 years. he became a global symbol of the fight against apartheid. from his tiny cell, mandela rallied millions against racism and injustice. in 1990, the south african government, under heavy pressure at home and around the world, released mandela, and began dismantling apartheid. >> never again shall we be. the spirit, the oppression. >> reporter: south africa will hold a memorial service in a 90,000-seat stadium. president obama plans to attend. >> president obama said he was inspired by nelson mandela. what impact did he have on the president's life? >> reporter: huge impact. he met nelson mandela only once in 2005, when th
that might have worked had obama been able to get a majority in the house. and so they've established this mindset that why, why rely on government? it doesn't work. and we prove it by blocking all these programs. i mean, it's a very perverse kind of theory, but it's working. and it -- as you say, it does give people a sense that government really is not on tear side anymore. -- on their side anymore. it seems distant, it seems confused. the health care act, by the way, which is one of the reasons why the health care act is not working beside the issue of the bad web site is that i think about 25 states are controlled by republicans, and they refuse to set up these portals for, which would have been workable if they'd been on a state rather than a federal be level. so every effort to show that activist government works is being blocked in one way or the other and, therefore, that feeds into the cynicism of american, that government can't work. >> and forecloses the fdr spirit of experimentation. >> yes. ..
, honorees will be hosted by president obama at the white house. shirley mcclan, billy joel, carlos santana, herbie hancock. >>> out of northwest, d.c. police are investigating a fatal shooting a few blocks from military road. they arrived at the scene on 9th and sheridan at 9:00 last night and immediately found a man lying dead on the ground. officials have not released the identity of the man or any leads on the suspect. >> a little more than an hour ago, several roads intersecting with as pen road in rockville are closed due to an accident overnight. officers closed off the area at 1:00 this morning when they received a call of a single car accident. the roadways are expected to reopen soon. two people are dead and six others are in the hospital after a serious accident in prince george's county. two children are among those hurt. the accident happened at central avenue and shady glen drive 11:00 last night. police officers had to cut some of the victims out of the vehicle. at last check, one of the children is in serious condition. the other is listed in critical condition. >>> this mor
. president obama marked world aids day at the white house just a short while ago, announcing some new research initiatives and giving credit to those who have fought for progress against the disease. >> it's the result of countless people, including so many of you working together. >> one of the people in the room sitting in a plum seat in the front row was microsoft co-founder bill gates, the co-chairman and trustee of the bill and melinda gates foundation, which has committed billions to hiv research and grants. he and his wife were just listed number one on the forbes list of america's top giveres, nearly $2 billion in 2012 alone. bill gates was kind enough to leave the white house to join us now. i really appreciate it. we have better hors d'oeuvres anyway. thank you for being here. >> great to be here. >> i want to start with your friend bono who has worked with you on the aids issue. he had some comments which raised some eyebrows over the weekend. this is what he said about the fight against aids. let's listen. >> there's a chance of having the first aids-free generation by 201
for the republican plan. let people sign up for his plan. >> but it is call obama care for better or worse. the white house is now going back and forth about whether or not that was a great idea to call that it but it is. he won't change it unless the bottom really falls out. >> he can't go on national television today and say send me your plan. we sent him a plan four years ago and then he won't accept our plan. >> let's play. that did he issue a challenge to republicans today. >> i've always. i will work with anybody to implement and improve this law effectively. you got good ideas? bring them to me. let's go. but we're not repealing it as long as i'm president. >> so you presented a different health care proposal four years ago. do you have a proposal to improve the law that exists right now? >> it is a totally different concept. if the president wanted to take us -- if he took us up on our offer. i'm speaking totally out of turn here. if they want to take our bill and endorse and it pass it, you have two separate health care plans out there. you have obama care and this free market approach that
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and her potential white house candidacy from any obama care headaches. here he was. >> i was trying to be supportive of it. i don't think you can find anybody in america who worked harder for his re-election or support of this bill or went out of the way to explain the bill more than i did. there's no politics there. i didn't say anything until he talked. i'm trying to be supportive. i do think we have to get the website up and we have to work. is it confined to the website? that's the biggest problem because if the website is working and everybody can see what their options are, then in most states, most people will have a good option, which will be the same or less costly than the one they had before that will cover the same or more conditions. so, i think it will be all right. but, know there was no politics involved. >> when asked if hillary clinton will run for president because you know that is the question that bill clinton continues to get, his answer, three words, i don't know. but he did say, he likes joe biden and if biden is the democratic nominee, he would be glad to he
years we've helped people take care of the things that matter most. join today. >>> as the white house continues its renewed public relations campaign to promote obama care, the number of americans signing up is on the rise. according to the kaiser family foundation, more than 243,000 have signed up for private coverage through the exchanges and more than 567,000 have been determined eligible for medicaid since the october 1st rollout. joining me now, congressman rosa delauro of connecticut and one of the white house democrats on the white house strike team promoting the health care law this month. thanks for joining us. >> thank you. delighted to be here. >> today's push is all about the success of medicaid expansion. 26 states and d.c. have taken advantage while 24 states all run by republicans or republican legislatures have declined the expansion. i also want to point out these stats the white house just released. if all 50 states were on board, 5.4 million uninsured americans could gain coverage. eight in ten of those would pay less than $100 a month, all of which would save state
bars, now eulogized by presidents and monarchs. in washington, flags at the white house were lowered to half-staff. president obama spoke of the man who inspired him. >> we've lost one of the most influential, courageous and profoundly good human beings any of us will share time with on this earth. he no longer belongs to us. he belongs to the ages. >> reporter: and former presidents clinton, bush and carter united to mourn the leader, in cities across the nation, people coming together to honor the man who has become a global symbol for justice and humanity, a touching tribute lights a marquee at the legendary apollo theater in harlem where nelson mandela visited to his first trip to the u.s. in 1990. >> he came to the state office building, drew about 200,000 people out here that day. and those struggles that we have here in the united states, he was very familiar with and they were going through the same in south africa. >> reporter: news of his death traveled swiftly around the world. prince william and kate middleton heard the news while attending the premiere of the film "mande
. the white house announcing that the president and mrs. obama will travel to south africa next week as millions will pay tribute to the anti-apartheid leader, knell soften mandela. -- in nelson mandela. a mixture of sorrow and also celebration as people remember the man many refer to as the father of their country with prayers and tears and songs. my next guest had a personal connection to the former south african president, he hosted mandela when he came to the united states to attend the inauguration of president bill clinton back in 1993. there's a picture of them there, and the be relationship really developed over many years, and the congressman is with us now with his thoughts and reflections today. it's great to have you on the program, congressman. we do have some pictures, as we mentioned, of your time with nelson mandela, but i understand that your relationship started so many years before the bill clinton inauguration. can you tell our viewers a little bit about how you became friends with nelson mandela? >> well, thank you, and thanks for the opportunity to be here. i fo
, and the white house plans to spend every day until then highlighting the affordable care act. president obama kicked it off today. >> i have said very clearly that our poor execution in the first couple months on the website clouded the fact that there are a whole bunch of people who stand to benefit. now that the website is working for the vast majority of people, we need to make sure that folks refocus on what's at stake here, which is the capacity for you or your families to be able to have the security of decent health insurance at a reasonable cost through choice and competition on this marketplace, and tax credits that you may be eligible for, that can save you hundreds of dollars in premium costs every month, potentially. more problems may pop up. as they always do when you're launching something new. and when they do, we'll fix those, too. but what we also know is that after just the first month despite all the problems in the rollout, about half a million people across the country are poised to gain health care coverage through marketplaces and medicaid beginning on january 1st, some
when they return here on c-span. at the white house today, president obama is holding a meeting with the president of colombia. the two leaders will talk about the economy, and trade relations. the white house says the president will highlight the benefits of the 2010 law as the sign up on the insurance exchanges enters into third month. live coverage of the president's on c-span 3.:30 we hear from republican leaders after the republican conference meeting this morning. good morning, everybody. republicans continue to stay focused on the economy. the american people want us to do everything we can to strengthen the economy so there are more jobs and higher wages available. this week we will take further steps to strengthen our economy. the president's health care law continues to wreak havoc on , smalln families businesses, and our economy. it is not just a broken website. this bill was fundamentally flawed. causing people to lose the doctor of their choice, causing them to lose their health plan, and if that was not enough, they have to pay higher prices at the same time. so ho
be said about the man who spoke about earlier today from the white house. noson mandela had divisiveness. he had no enemies. he had -- he did not desire to cause division. barack obama is low. nelson mandela -- host: thank you for your calls. lots of reactions from the former president, george w. bush issuing a statement. -- president obama shortly after the announcement of nelson mandela's death spoke to reporters on his thoughts on the passing of nelson mandela. >> at his trial in 1964, nelson mandela close to statement saying i have fought against white domination. i have fought against black domination. ahave cherished the ideas of democratic and free society in which all persons live together with equal opportunities. it is an ideal which i will hope to live for and to achieve. if needs be, it is an idea for which i'm prepared to die. nelson mandela lived for that ideal, and made it real. be achieve more than could expected of any man. today he has gone home. we have lost one of the most influential, courageous, and good human beings that any of us will share time with on this earth
looking for work, from a political standpoint it's good news for the obama generation. with unemployment insurance set to expire, the white house is stuck in an ironic situation. they are arguing for an extension. if growth is improved, it was announced thursday and friday down to 7% unemployment, the lowest in five years. the administration says that unemployment insurance has got to be extended. white house spokesman jay carney made the case on friday afternoon. >> the news we have today eenforces that we need to address the problem and extend unemployment insurance benefits to those individuals. this is a persistent problem. it would be terrible to do that to more than a million families across the country a few days after christmas, that they are out of benefits. we hope congress will, as it has in the past, addressed the challenge. an interesting thing about the economic numbers, is they haven't improved the unemployment rate - it went down despite the gridlock in washington and the political head wind. you have to wonder how good the growth would be without the head wind or the gov
with the cleaning power of crest. crest + scope. life opens up when you do. . >> barak obama won the presidency by appealing to one age group, young voters, especially new voters who never cast a ballot before. they turned out in force to send him to the white house. he won 66% from 18 to between-year-old voters compared to 32% for john mccain. it was down in 2012. still an overwhelming majority, far above the 37% mitt raleighny got from the same age group. this constituency has been a key part of the coalition that put barak obama in ofrls. it wasn't surprising when it came time to discuss his legacy and the challenges he has been facing. president obama did it before an audient of college students. msnbc's own chris matthews at american university in washington. voting itself, specifically the efforts under way in republican-controlled states to make it harder to vote. chris asked the president what he asked to do to stop the suppression. >> early next year, we're going to put forward what we know will be a bipartisan effort or a bipartisan proposal to encourage people to vote. you can't say
the beijing sea. >>> the obama administration says it is prepared to allow iran to engage in a limited nuclear enrichment program. but that applies only to the nation's peaceful energy needs. in a statement released tuesday, the white house says it will negotiate with tehran as long as it holds up its end of the agreement to curtail its nuclear capabilities under tight oversight. this is the first time the u.s. has explicitly said that iran has the right to enrich. >>> yasser arafat was not the victim of poisoning according to tests by french forensic scientists. that contradicts a report. they found he was killed by radioactive polonium. >> this will not put the conspiracy theorys to rest. >>> eight minutes after the hour. coming up, a celebrity chef in a heated courtroom battle. did two sisters steal millions from thnigella lawson? we're live in london. >>> an incredible rescue. a man trapped for days underwater. >> this sais an amazing video. tweet us the "early start" rhyme if you rhyme with jacoby ellsbury. #morningrhy #morningrhyme. tap of my geico app. oh, that's so cool. well, i would
maintaining the current limits in areas where home prices are lower. the fha raised limits during the housing market meltdown to help more home buyers. >>> yes, you are seeing things clearly, that is the first lady and president obama rocking out to snoop lion, formerly snoop dogg, among other names with a star studded crowd at the annual kennedy center honors, among the honorees, billy joel, carlos santana and jazz legend herbie hanco hancock, receiving highest honors. >>> another rock band is cutting ties with seaworld. this is the latest protest move following the cnn documentary "blackfish." the rock band duo heart says it will not perform at seaworld because of concerns over the waterpark's treatment of captive killer whales. willie nelson and the barenaked ladies also canceled their shows at seaworld. martin savidge is live in atlanta with the latest. martin, the list keeps on growing here. >> it does indeed, john. would you think that would be a worry to seaworld although they say it is not bands, brews and barbecue is the name of the festival seaworld scheduled in february. there seem
the globe remember nelson mandela. over 90 foreign dignitaries are expected, including president obama who is expected to speak at ther is honeny and former presidents george w. bush, bill clinton and jimmy carter. >>> and house homeland security committee chairman mike mccall warning that the threat from al-qaeda is, quote, spreading like wildfire. >> they are growing, and they're a greater threat today, i would -- in my judgment, than they were pre-9/11, and we need to be prepared for that as a nation. >> he points to uprisings in places like egypt and syria as breeding grounds for islamic militants. and those are your headlines. ♪ ♪ dennis: when we do our logo, you know it's an important story. snowy, icy conditions disrupting thousands of flights, and the storm still brewing. fox news meteorologist janice dean is live at the fox weather center. janice? >> reporter: hi, dennis. look at some of these snow totals, a foot in delaware, almost a foot in new jersey and pennsylvania, it came down 1-2 inches an hour yesterday. and we have another storm that's going to disrupt travel, unfort
, the former first lady and all were told we're told by a white house official discussing their various experiences with nelson mandela which span over three administrations. so quite a conversation you'd want to be a fly on the wall for. we are expecting, as well, that president obama may be touching base with nelson mandela's wife gra gracamachel, certainly something he's interested in doing. this is a such a logistical feat when you think of all these world leaders going to south africa and how big an effort this is to get president obama there. because mandela has been ill for so long, unfortunately, this is something they had some time to plan for. >> there could be a little diplomatic awkwardness on the podium. the program has been released by the south african government. we see president obama will pay special tribute. these are tributes by foreign dignitaries. six selected. the leaders from the u.s., brazil, the haven't of china, namib namibia -- libya and president raul castro of cuba will be up on the same stage with the president of the united states. i wonder if they'll sha
, at least potentially. jim sciutto is watching what's going on. i know the obama administration is very concerned what these members of the senate are planning on doing. >> no question. this puts congress on a direct collision course with the white house. as you know, they have been lobbying hard, the administration has been lobbying hard against it, secretary kerry, including sending a video message over the holidays arguing against sanctions, saying that will in effect scuttle this deal. what we're seeing now, that intense lobbying campaign appears to have fallen on deaf ears, even among members of the president's own party. with the ink barely dry on the historic nuclear deal with iran, today the iranian foreign minister pronounced it dead if congress passes more economic sanctions. the entire deal is dead, he told "time" magazine. we do not like to negotiate under duress. even so, sources tell cnn republican and democratic senators are close to doing exactly that, nearing agreement on a bill to impose new sanctions within six months unless iran ships all stockpiles of enriched urani
was the funeral for pope john paul ii. that was 2005. air force one took off with president and mrs. obama, george w. and laura bush, former secretary of state hillary clinton, taerg eric holder, and susan rice, all on that plane. the white house said the president is working on his eulogy during the flight. other world leaders going to south africa include ban ki-moon, fran swan holaund, and david cameron. among the other dignitaries to pay their respects, bono, oprah, prince charles, former president jimmy carter, and republican senator ted cruz. a short time ago, archbishop desmond tootoo paid homage to his home in the johannesburg suburbs. >> everybody was saying we would have gone up in flames. and he was like, he really was like a magician. he really was like a magician, with a magic wand. turning us into this glorious multicolored rainbow people. >> cnn's senior international correspondent arwa damon is in johannesburg with a look at the extraordinary preparations involved ahead of tomorrow's memorial service. >> these men have been asked not to be identified for their safety. they're part
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